The life and times of bandleader and Trinidad musical icon, Clarence Curvan

Clarence Curvan was one of the top Trinidadian musicians / bandleaders to emerge from the Caribbean in the nineteen sixties. As the post war generation came of age, a fresh new sound of music emerged in Trinidad, and the Clarence Curvan Orchestra, featuring Clarence on drums, was at the forefront of that musical revolution. Clarence Curvan was born in … Continue reading The life and times of bandleader and Trinidad musical icon, Clarence Curvan

The National Instrument of T&T (the steel-pan) and the Law

Tthe Foreign Ministry of Trinidad and Tobago has told the world that the steelpan is the National Instrument of the country , and that's good enough for me. As they say in legal terminology, this is “de facto “ not “de jure”. That the steel pan was created in Trinidad is an historical fact. Because … Continue reading The National Instrument of T&T (the steel-pan) and the Law

THOUGHTS FOR TODAY… About Steelbands on truck beds.

If I had my way , I'd discourage steelbands from setting up on truck beds , and have them use mobile platforms, built as low to the ground as possible, instead. Of course these platforms would be drawn by trucks , tractors etc. (Even speaker and amplifiers could be added to the platform, but that's … Continue reading THOUGHTS FOR TODAY… About Steelbands on truck beds.

Panorama arrangements, Then and Now.

Listening to those classic panorama tunes of yesteryear by Solo Harmonites , Desperadoes , All Stars  and others set me thinking. There have been significant changes in the style of panorama music and arrangements over the decades , and  after some thought, I've drawn a couple conclusions Feel free to agree or disagree. My first … Continue reading Panorama arrangements, Then and Now.

My Top 10 Trinidad All Stars Panorama Performances

Love to my All Stars people from a Sando man , with a special nod to arranger Leon" Smooth" Edwards This is a salute to my favorite steelband, Trinidad All Stars, Now , I'm not saying that these are their best arrangements or even best performances. I'm just selecting them as my favorite performances. And … Continue reading My Top 10 Trinidad All Stars Panorama Performances

Remembering another calypso legend , Mr. Carlton Joseph , The Lord Blakie.

Calypsonian Carlton Joseph,The Lord Blakie was born on November 3, 1932 and died January 6, 2005. CARLTON JOSEPH , THE LORD BLAKIE One of the greatest of our old time calypsonians and an all time favorite of mine, he was also known as The Warlord.The sobriquet was no accident since as great a calypsonian as … Continue reading Remembering another calypso legend , Mr. Carlton Joseph , The Lord Blakie.